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Mikhail Golubev vs Constantin Lupulescu
Toamna Albastra, Bucharest (2002), ?, rd 13, Nov-04
Sicilian Defense: Classical. Anti-Fischer-Sozin Variation (B57)  ·  1-0



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  MikhailGolubev: annotated in Chess Informant; in Chess Today (issue 733)
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May-17-20  qqdos: <Mikhail Golubev> Rob Escalante in his Mammoth Book of Sozin Miniatures page 61, has this enigmatic comment - "Black fights just enough to steal a loss from the jaws of victory"?! Can anyone elucidate? Perhaps even GM Golubev - e.g. evidence of fight and, most baffling, proximity to victory.
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  fredthebear: "jaws of victory"? No; that's an exaggeration. Black had the early initiative, but White defended accurately.

After 14...Qxe4, Black is up a pawn. However, 15.f3! traps the Black queen, forcing the knight sacrifice. White continues to improve his position from then on, until 20.Qxd6! robs the pinned e-pawn.

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  MikhailGolubev: I can't explain the author's comment and have to confess that I even didn't know that such book on the Sozin miniatures was published. But if all comments there are like that.. Well.. I'm not the target auditory, perhaps?
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It seems to me that after 12...Ba6 13.Bd2 that black has to give up a piece to prevent his Queen from being trapped? I don't see how that constitutes evidence of "fight" either.

After 12...Ba6

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